Tennis Champion Jana Novotna Dies at 49

Jana Novotna, the tennis champion who won the 1998 women’s singles at Wimbledon, has died after a long battle with cancer, according to the Women’s Tennis Association. She was 49 years old. Novotna won 24 singles titles as well as that Wimbledon championship. A statement from the WTA said, “Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic.” Steve Simon, chief executive of the association, added, “Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her.”